OX7’s drop-in service is already producing results, much to the delight of Vic McFarlane, the Project Key Worker, and Shaun Fagan who is finding sponsorship and organisations that can help. Already a number of young people have gained real, practical help in getting into work, including one person now in full-time employment at Soho Farmhouse.
Shaun is very pleased that Aldi’s regional management has agreed in principle to support OX7. Discussions are being held about the exact form that support will take and we hope to release more information very soon.
Another exciting prospect is a linkup with the town’s Health Centre which would see OX7 becoming an approved Social Prescribing service. This would mean doctors could refer young people to OX7 if they believe the service would be beneficial to them.
Vic is also keen to make sure people are aware that the OX7 project isn’t just about getting young people into work, it’s about training and education too. In fact there are now two participants in the scheme who aren’t yet ready to join the workplace so the project has arranged training and education for them.
“This is usually alternative training,” Vic explained, “not necessarily in a school or college. These are people who haven’t performed well in formal education, for whatever reason, but we have the connections and knowledge to find training that’s more suitable.”
Once participants in that situation have been trained to a suitable level they’ll move on to programmes to get them on work placements and then fully employed.
Although participants come from many different directions, the OX7 team stresses that service is open to all. There’s nothing to stop anyone coming to see Vic at the drop-in service (Thursdays between 10am and 1pm) to discuss someone’s situation, whether it’s their own or someone close to them.
To get in touch then please either call Vic on 07904 280935 or get in touch by email at info@OX7.org